I was a teenager in the mid to late nineties. I made some embarrassing wardrobe choices. In fact, if you want a good laugh, read this!
As a kid, I had some older friends take me under their proverbial goth bat wings and helped steer me in the a less embarrassing direction. I had to also work hard. I kept an open mind and valued their wisdom. I listened to what they had to say because I was new in the scene and knew that if I wanted to be part of the subculture, I should learn what it was all about. Having learned about it's roots, the music, the aesthetic, literature, I loved it and with my obsession with the macabre, I knew that I was always a goth. Back then, we had goth stores in my area (they are still around, one of them is still open from my baby bat days!) The clothing is expensive so I had to learn how to DIY some clothing because as a teenager, I had a very limited, almost non-existent income!
Back when I was a kid, just like it is for the kids today, everyone told me it was a phase. I will grow out of it. In fact, they were right. There was a time, I went "normal" but deep down, I knew who I really was. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. That hasn't changed much from what I hear except...
Now, this is going to make me sound old. Kids today have it so much easier than we did back then. I never thought I would be giving that age old speech about "when I was your age, I used to walk in 10 feet of snow..." but here it is:
Thanks to the Internet, blogs, vlogs, how-to guides, babybats can have access to all kinds of information at their fingertips. Want to show off how goth you are? No need to learn about the subculture! Get all gothed up and earn goth cred by how many "likes" or "shares" you get.
I recently posted about my son's daycare grad photos and how I ranted about society has low standards. No need to apply yourself, as long as you tried! Well, if kids today have this kind of mentality, what about the future of the goth scene?
I guess you can say, I am jealous. Jealous that they can sit in the comfort of their homes or schools or on their mobile devices and get all this information while I had to work my ass off for the same thing. I had to find a part time job to afford all the music I wanted. How convenient it is today with youtube! There are even playlists for babybats that introduce them to music!
Kids, you have it easy and I bet you are tired of hearing this. Learn about the subculture and its roots. I know I sound like a broken record. You may not like it all and that is ok. Most importantly, while I do understand money is hard to come by, try to put some money back into the scene.Keep it alive. Ignore the "likes" and the "shares" and experience the subculture. Go for a walk or a picnic in the cemetery, buy books/music and when you are old enough, go to a club.
I bet I sound like an ass for posting this and I have brushed up on this subject before. We will blame it on senility! Now get the hell off my lawn and into a nice walk through a cemetery!!!